Google Fiber Possibly Expanding into 9 More Metro Areas

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by james2538, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. james2538 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
  2. mintfan7200 macrumors member


    Feb 18, 2014
    Anybody know what kind of speed you get with it ? What about Price ?
  3. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
  4. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    Interesting. Note the emphasis in the South - some of the fastest growing cities right now. And a complete lack of activity in the Northeast and Midwest states. Looks like Google has it's eyes on current economic development and growth potential.
  5. Curun macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2013
    There are probably telco unions up there that have all kinds of onerous restrictions on installations must be done by union people etc etc. Lots more red tape and complications.

    It's one guess.

    Either way, I'm in a suburb that is listed *SQUEEE* crosses fingers.
  6. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    That map is misleading. It shows Austin as current but when you check it says "coming". Oh well...
  7. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you

    I think a better guess would be that Verizon FIOS is already in DC, Philly, Pittsburgh, NYC, Providence, and is working its way into Boston. I'm guessing Google would rather start in markets where they would be the only fiber provider.
  8. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    With the exception of Portland, SLC and Phoenix, all of those cities are part of AT&T's (formerly BellSouth) territory and unionized.
  9. james2538 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin is getting it for sure by the end of this year. The rest of the cities are only "potential" candidates.


    This and the fact that most of cabling is underground. Google outlines their checklist, I assume they picked these cities since they are most likely able to fulfill the criteria.

  10. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    I am hoping they come to a location that directly competes with other fiber carriers. Unless they already are. I am not too familiar with the area's they are already in.
  11. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    If they pick Portland I can say AT&T owns the fibre around my neighborhood even though Comcast supplies the cable to the house so there's a chance Google could convince AT&T to lease some of their fibre.

    Comcast wouldn't like it but hey. In this case ( I disdain Comcast ) it might be a good thing for Google to taker some marketshare away from the future monopoly.

    Plus the fibre is underground but it also goes along the telephone lines in neighborhoods. I'm sure Portland would love to have Google.
  12. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Wow that's cool I didn't realize they offered a free plan, 5 Mbps is nothing to shrug off either especially if it's free. But I'd without a doubt go for the 1 Gbps!

    I'm not very familiar with fiber infrastructure, but if I recall correctly isn't fiber kind of spotty coverage? What I mean is if one residential street has it, the next street could potentially not have it?
  13. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
  14. james2538 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008

    They seem to have all the main channels. It's nice that is all one plan for $50 in addition to internet ($120 all included). Only $40 more for all the premiums.

    You also get a 2TB DVR that can record 8 shows at once, with a Nexus tablet as the remote.

    I would imagine the channels are sent uncompressed since 1Gb/s is a pretty large bandwidth.


    The expansion into Provo, Utah was them taking over a municipal fiber service iProvo.


    Thats a pretty good overview of the major fiber infrastructure in the US. For Google Fiber internet you need FTTH (Fiber to the Home). In majority of the US the last mile is coaxial/copper cable.
  15. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    70$ a month for 1 gigabit internet? Nice. Especially considering you're really paying 20$ a month for the internet (due to 1TB of Drive space).
  16. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I hope they do indeed decide to come to Charlotte. Someone needs to break the grip Time Warner has on internet service out here. I'd gladly pay $70/mo for those speeds.
  17. NukeIT macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    That's close to what I pay charter for their # service.
  18. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
  19. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Maybe they are just being nice and not trying to put Verizon out of business. We all know goolge would crush verizon.


    It's no better living in the US no where near fiber or fios. Just ask my 2.80 mb download.

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